2017-09-01 / Community

A Window on the Past

Walk or run to support park, trail and historic preservation
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society


The Bug Light 5K course runs along the South Portland waterfront and benefits the South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust. (Courtesy photo) The Bug Light 5K course runs along the South Portland waterfront and benefits the South Portland Historical Society and South Portland Land Trust. (Courtesy photo) The South Portland Historical Society and the South Portland Land Trust invite you to join us at the sixth annual Bug Light 5K Race/Walk, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

The scenic, professionally certified course is ideal for running or walking, starting at Bug Light Park and winding its way along the waterfront, through historic Fort Preble and Southern Maine Community College, out to Willard Square and then back to the park. Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets will be stationed along the course to provide directions. A kids’ fun run will take place before the 5K, at 8:30 a.m. Post-race massages will be provided by Soma Massage & Wellness.

This race/walk is a joint fundraiser for the two community nonprofits. The South Portland Historical Society collects and preserves historical photographs, papers, objects and other items significant to the community’s past. It also operates the Cushing’s Point Museum at Bug Light Park, which is open to the public daily with no admission charge. South Portland Land Trust works to preserve open, green spaces and has also worked to increase the number of walking/biking trails throughout the city. Together, these two nonprofits center all of their funding and resources on improving the quality of life in South Portland.

Walking is a great way to keep your body and mind active and healthy. People of all ages and fitness abilities take part in the Bug Light 5K. Cash prizes are available to the top overall finishers and medals are given to the top finishers by age category. Whether running or walking the beautiful course with views of Casco Bay and the islands, participants know that they are supporting two worthy nonprofits.

Registration for the Bug Light 5K is now open and if you register soon, you’ll receive a free race T-shirt. Preregistration is $30 and helps to plan the event; same day registrations will be $35. Log on to the race website at www.buglight5k.com to learn more and to register. Please consider encouraging other family members, friends and neighbors to come out and join you in the race/walk.

For more information, go to the website, visit us on Facebook at Bug Light 5K, or give us a call at 767-7299.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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